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Just what does a real estate broker do vs. a real estate agent? Whether you’re currently looking to buy or sell a home, odds are, you’ll use a real estate agent or a real estate broker to close the deal. So what is the difference between the two?

Real Estate Agent — A real estate agent typically goes through extensive pre-licensing classes, exams and background checks. Each state requires a specific amount of hours of classwork. Once licensed, real estate agents become representatives for their clients in the sale of a property. Most agents work with either a buyer or seller but some choose to specialize in one or the other. Agents also market homes when selling to help generate interest.

Real Estate Broker — The primary difference between a real estate agent and a real estate broker is that brokers can own, operate and manage real estate offices. Brokers typically oversee sales agents in a real estate office to make sure transactions are conducted ethically and professionally. In addition to pre-licensing classes, exams and background checks, a real estate broker has to take additional classes related to their specific duties. In many states, a broker must be an active salesperson for three years prior to getting a broker’s license.

At the end of the day, both a real estate agent and a real estate broker have one key thing in common, a commitment to the client. This commitment translates into advocacy. Along with other real estate professionals, I work on behalf of my clients to ensure they have the information they need to make the most informed decisions. And this results in my clients finding and closing on the home of their dreams.

If you would like to talk to a knowledgeable San Tan Valley real estate professional, call me. Why wouldn’t you want an experienced East Valley agent on your side? I have a passion for not only real estate, but for the San Tan Valley area. I will help you discover the ins and outs of this quiet little community that you will be proud to call home.